A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches that meet EXCELLENCE in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. The strict criteria of the programme are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).
In South Africa, the programme is managed by WESSA (the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa), along with participating local authorities under the Department of Environmental Affairs' Coastcare initiative. South Africa is the first country outside Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches. as South Africa enters it's 12th year of running Blue Flag, we can proudly say that our beaches are sustaining excellence in beach management and rate among the top beaches in the world.